Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Will
I'm in 10th grade and am trying to get into college for classical guitar. Dave is an amazing teacher! He is very good at teaching techniq
ues and sends you an email after each lesson with everything you covered which is great in case you forget something you worked on in the lesson. He is very nice and makes learning classical guitar fun!!!"
Buffalo, NY teacher:
Review by Sage
"Excellent teacher. Very caring for special needs student."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Geoff
"Very enthusiastic and flexible
Ania is awesome! she clearly loves to teach and is very flexible with scheduling"
Muncie, IN teacher:
Review by Makrina
"Patient, professionally, knowlegdable
Alison taught my 7 year old daughter piano. My daughter never took piano before and is very shy.
Alison is polite,
friendly, patient and tries to relate to a 7 year old without talking down to her.
She is highly recommended."
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Jeff
"Expanded my range and strengthened my voice.
Don has a lot of experience, worked well around my schedule, and is very professional. From day one he gave
me exercises and study material to take home. Due to his experience he could pinpoint my weak points and give me something to work on for next week. If I couldn't make it on my lesson day Don was very open and helpful with rescheduling. Don is friendly, punctual, and can I say experienced one more time :) I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to expand there music knowledge."
Portland, OR teacher:
Review by Jan
"Lisa Kay is great
Thank you for Lisa for all your help. I sing in a small choir and this wonderful teacher has given me pointers and exercises to help my
singing voice. I will continue to sing and hopefully get better thanks to Lisa."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Laura
Sue Ann is simply great! She's a professional with a lot of experience, and lots of positive energy. As another reviewer mentioned, I too
saw an add about singing lessons at Hunter College, and even though this is not my field at all, I decided to give it a try. I like singing and since I teach I use my voice a lot, and Sue Ann taught me how to breathe properly and not to stress my neck and throat when using my voice. The breathing exercises that she gave me were a real existential breakthrough for me. I can finally breath correctly with my diaphragm and I feel like I don't have to fight anymore to get air in my lungs! How relaxing! It just feels great, like nature intended (stress and bad habits tend to get in the way of that natural state). I hope I will be able to take more classes with her in the future. If you're looking for a singing coach, I highly recommend her."
New York, NY teacher:
Sue Anne G.
Review by Elizabeth
"We love Ms. Brown!
Ms. Brown is professional and kind, which is a wonderful way to learn a new skill like playing the violin. My daughters were taught by
her years ago as young children and then we lost track of her. When we found her on TakeLessons, we signed up, willing to drive miles for her instruction. She is thorough, clear in instruction and so even tempered. What a great teacher!"
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Lin
"Gio is an EXCELLENT teacher!!
Gio is a super teacher and a really nice guy!!! He really wants you to learn how to play the guitar. You can tell he really
loves teaching. He taught me how to read music on the guitar, something I thought I would never learn how to do. You can't go wrong with Gio if you want to learn how to play guitar!"
Greetings and Salutations! I want to let you know, whether you're a music student or a fellow lover of music, that you have great untapped potential for music! More so than most people would tell you, because music is a powerful, life giving, uplifting gift that comes to all those that love and enjoy it.
If you have a desire to pursue music in any shape or fashion. I congratulate you! You open to yourself a brand new world filled with fun, excitement and great opportunities.
There is great music potential waiting to be untapped in yourself. I value greatly the t
ime I spend with every student and wish them to become the very best at the instrument they wish to pursue.
There is indescribable expression to be found in music. A wide range of emotions can be conveyed along with untold stories just waiting to be opened up. I will help foster a student's ability to see music for what it really is and help them strive for whatever musician they wish to become, whether it be for personal fulfillment, just for fun and recreation, or even in the pursuit of becoming an effective classical musician.
My mother took me took a classical concert when I was six and I sat in the front of the stringed section. After the concert I made my decision that would shape the rest of my life, I wanted to become like those musicians.
I eventually graduated from a local music school in the following years in piano and violin and immediately went to enter the Tchaikovsky Conservatory. I was among the 10 out of 40 applicants that were eventually chosen, along with being the youngest of them as well.
After four years of study, I graduated and received my Bachelor's Degree in Music. I then went on to study for another year and received my Master's Degree in Piano.
My Other Experience:
I was Church Music Director in Kiev for Living Water Church from 2002 - 2010. I directed the adult choir, directed and led church worship services, accompanied various musicians and managed all aspects of church music responsibilities, including budgeting, rehearsals, planning and library management.
I also have been a private music teacher for several years teaching adults and young students. I planned lessons with them and established their repertoire.
I am also fluent in the Russian language and have extensive computer literacy.
Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music Kiev, Ukraine (Winter and Spring recitals throughout 2005 to 2010) Performed works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, and Gershwin
Music School no. 9 Kiev, Ukraine (Spring 2005, Winter 2007) Performed works by Bach, Beethoven, Liszt, Chopin, and Rachmaninoff
Revutzky Music College Chernihiv, Ukraine (Summer 2010) Performed works by Beethoven and Gershwin
St. Sophia Orthodox Cathedral Kiev, Ukraine (Spring 2010) Performed Chamber music works by Beethoven
I do look forward to meeting you and working together with you in learning music!
*** Lesson Details *** I pay close attention to the fundamentals of music especially throughout the early lessons. These include reading notes, measuring tempo and rhythm, sight reading, hand positioning, posture, and technique.
I believe in positive reinforcement for all my students. Building a kind and friendly atmosphere is paramount for encouraging students, especially children, to continue pursuing music. Everyone I believe has hidden music potential, and I believe the key to unlocking this is through inspiration. Music is a grand adventure of excitement and discovery for everyone.
I am very kind and honest with my students and am never too strict with them, but I do require and greatly encourage regularly that they make habitual practice a vital part of their musical education. As the old saying goes, "Practice makes Perfect." There is great truth to that saying especially when learning a musical instrument.
*** Travel Equipment *** Student's to provide necessary instrument, piano or violin
*** Specialties *** Russian School of Piano Playing, Beginner to Professional Piano Performance, Advanced Music Performance, Music Theory, and Intermediate Violin and Music Recording
Kas R. April 23, 2013
Piano Verified Student
I am an older student and I started to learn to play the piano more than a year ago under a different teacher. I started with Eugene about 4 months ago. I was struggling with the piano previously. But after just 2 lessons with Eugene, I found myself playing confidently. Eugene explains so clearly and everything makes sense to me now. I enjoy practicing everyday now. He is excellent teacher, patient, and very professional. He is always on time.
NkiruU March 14, 2012
Eugene is the best piano teacher I have ever had! He doesn't just know how the teach piano but music as well! I'm so glad that I chose him!
Hello! My name is Estela, and I've been teaching private lessons since 2001. I enjoy helping students create beautiful music, develop good techniques, and play along with any song through improvisation. I have played violin for over 22 years including orchestras, string ensembles, church worship bands, and weddings and special occasions.
I have an undergraduate degree in psychology with a minor in violin from Louisiana State University and a master's degree in education from the University of Texas at Austin. I have also worked for 6 years as an ESL teacher and am very patient with new le
arners, immigrants/foreigners, and kids.
Marissa September 12, 2016
Estela is a great teacher, she has the patience and the drive to do this job.
I liked her commitment, her teaching style and above all the honesty.
My daughter liked having her as a teacher and will probably sign up to take lessons with her again, next summer.
SimonaK July 7, 2011
My son started playing violin as a part of the 5th grade music program they have at school. Estela is great at teaching him the very important basic skills that they couldn't focus on at school and then build on those skills further. After two month we can see a significant improvement in many aspects of his playing but, most importantly, he likes to come to these lessons because they are fun for him.
KenyaD May 15, 2011
Estela is great! She takes the time to answer your questions, give positive feedback and great tips. She is friendly and attentive. I have had a blast taking lessons with Estela!
Christine has been a professional in the theatre since 1992. She received her training from Boston Conservatory and New York University and has been a company member in Tony-award winning regional theatres.
Christine specializes in vocal production, has a three-octave range and is adept at various character voices, accents and musical styles. She has sung in several musicals, wedding and church bands, and has given several solo performances since her childhood.
Christine's personal developments are around creating new musicals, composition, songwriting and exploring fusion methods
in several musical styles including pop, jazz, rock, blues, neo-soul, new age, electronica, experimental and ethnic music.
Christine also plays piano, rhythm guitar and percussion, and has served as a director, soloist and accompanist for several churches and community efforts.
*** Lesson Details *** Making music and singing should be fun, and everyone deserves to have a great experience with their instrument for the rest of their lives. I take pride in guiding my students in exploring their potential in a safe, creative and non-judgmental environment. My students will learn to develop courage and confidence, grow their ears and appreciation for music in all its forms, and expand their range, power and musical skills.
Your lessons will be tailored according to your goals, dreams and personal motivation. I will offer you resources and show you how to use research as way to become independent when preparing your lessons, auditions and performances. If you are an aspiring guitarist/songwriter, I will teach you the basics of playing the guitar and offer you fun techniques to build those callouses, play rhythmically with confidence and coordinate your playing with your singing.
Whether you are completely inexperienced, naturally gifted, shy, ambitious about a professional career or just looking for an outlet that feels good, I am here to help you. You will not only learn technical skills and many tricks for beating stage fright and crafting a performance, but you will also learn to share your unique personality on stage, and learn to perform with feeling, heart and honesty.
Everyone has something beautiful and wonderful to offer the world and I look forward to meeting you and discovering your special voice and sound!
*** Studio Equipment *** My lessons are conducted in my home in an open living room area. I have a keyboard and a guitar. You must bring your own guitar (an acoustic or acoustic electric - sorry, I do not teach lessons with electric guitars) and, if you have "accompaniment" karaoke CDs (or mp3 on your phone or laptop) and/or sheet music that you have been working with, I encourage you to bring those. Parents must be accessible during the lesson and I will have a waiting area for them in my office. I encourage parents to be present for the first 2 lessons.
*** Travel Equipment *** Home lessons are negotiable and I would bring a guitar and/or a percussive instrument. Your home must have a room where lessons can be conducted and it must be free from distractive noises and have enough space for exercises and instruments. It must also be in-view of the family and have an open door. It cannot be a bedroom. Siblings, friends of students and/or pets cannot be a distraction nor participate in the lesson. Group lessons are negotiable. :-)
*** Specialties *** I specialize in singing, songwriting, voice, speech and acting. I also teach beginning lessons in guitar and piano. Other specializations: International Phonetic Alphabet, Accent Reduction, Musical Theatre, Classical Theatre (Shakespeare, Greeks), Movement Theatre (Mime, Period Movement, Stage Combat), Singing Styles (Jazz, Pop, Rock, Classical, Gospel, Musical Theatre, Sacred Chant).
Mericale C. July 8, 2016
In home Verified Student
Christine was wonderful so good with my granddaughter. She was very patient and understanding. My granddaughter Just loved her!
Theresa M. March 30, 2016
In home Verified Student
Christine's passion & dedication for the love of music is the reason she's such an awesome teacher! She not only taught my 13 year old daughter guitar but she incorporated singing along with it which my daughter loved! Christine's wonderful personality and all her talents is the reason we chose her. I highly recommend her. She's gifted and we just love her!
Masiala U. March 30, 2016
In home Verified Student
Great teacher. She doesn't only teach how to play an instrument but you also can tell she enjoys that the kid is learning. She cares.
Music is my life. As cheesy as that phrase goes, for me, it holds true. Everything I do and have been doing has been geared towards music. I've been in one working/gigging band or other without break for the past 10 years. I began intensely learning to play guitar at the age of 9 and have not stopped. The second I started learning I knew that that was what I wanted to do. Fast forward to now, and here I am loving every minute of it. I took lessons of my own as a kid, which helped shape me greatly. I then picked up bass at the age of 13. I've taught personalized lessons for over 7 year
s now without a single complaint. At this point in my musical career, the majority of my experience and attitude has come from being "in the field". I've played South By South West, Austin City Limits, Westheimer Block Party, opened up for bands like the Misfits and the Shins, shared the stage with bands like The Wallflowers, Minus the Bear, and Echo and the Bunnymen, and been on tour and lived the whole life more often than not! YOU can be an active musician. If you have the passion and desire. The first step though, is learning your instrument. Learning an instrument is something that stays with you for the rest of your life. It's an unfaltering companion that can benefit you in so many ways. I like to toss out the strict "teacher/student" regiment and create a laid back, fun, easy going atmosphere. I want to be buds and SHARE music with each other and introduce you into this world that I have grown to love so so much. There is nothing more rewarding. I promise. So let's get started!
*** Lesson Details *** I am very laid back. Your progress is directly linked to you. I will give it my all to teach you and help you, but if you don't practice or soak it in, that's on you! I hate having a tense, seminar type lesson atmosphere. Lessons with me will be easy going and relaxed. I don't want to have to put on a sweater vest and wag my finger as a I scold you. That's just not me. However, I DO expect you to get things done. Why waste your time with lessons if you're not going to take them seriously on any level? The curriculum will be totally personalized for YOU. After all, not everybody likes the same music and style. The first lesson or two will be getting a handle on exactly what YOU want to learn and what YOU want out of it. Finding out your favorite bands/artists, guitar players, bass players, etc. There's nothing worse than being taught something you have no desire for, but having it drilled into your head week after week! So whether that be blues, folk, metal, whatever, that's the first step. With that information I'll begin constructing and laying out the rest of your lesson plan.
*** Studio Equipment *** Although I assume you have an instrument of your own (if not I recommend getting one, it sort of helps), if you're looking to just try things out at first I have more than a few extra that I'd be happy to let you use. My teaching studio doubles as a recording studio as well. This means 2 things: if ever you would like to record some of your music you know where to go! And also, I have the means to record the entire lesson if you'd like. You'll need to supply the blank CD(s) of course. It's not a requirement to record the lesson, just an option! Basically, I have everything you could ever possibly need for music lessons here. So you're set.
*** Travel Equipment *** Guitars, amps, etc. anything that would be needed I've got!
*** Specialties *** I am versed in blues, rock, metal, folk, hardcore, acoustic-finger-style and various other acoustic styles, and more. Through teaching and experience as a working musician I have mastered most genres and styles. When sitting at home jamming in my free time, I probably most frequently find myself playing acoustic finger-style, blues, folk, or hardcore, but love and appreciate most styles. So, bring it on!
Justin July 3, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Excellent first lesson with Andrew. I have a song I needed to learn on acoustic for a wedding. He gave me a good breakdown at a pace I needed.
Mike May 26, 2016
In home Verified Student
I am starting from scratch, with no background. Andrew is a great teacher, very personable and a great communicator. Looking forward to the next lesson.
jeremy S. May 2, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Andrew was VERY helpful in breaking down the basics of the guitar. He was very nice and polite and knowledgeable.
Hello everybody, my name is Michael and I have been playing both the guitar and piano since I was four years old (19 years). Over the past few years my emphasis has been guitar playing but I make a point to keep up my piano skills as well. I currently do work teaching children with autism, and I have started teaching several of them to play the piano during the work day, and perform children's songs for them on the guitar during music time frequently. My main musical interests include acoustic and country music, but I have spent time learning several other types of music as well. I am looking
to teach beginner to intermediate students and help them learn/perfect the basics of acoustic guitar (I have several guitars and will allow students to use them if they don't have guitars of their own).
Jacob A. October 22, 2016
In home Verified Student
Absolutely amazing and so great with kids of all ages. Went straight to the lesson and no messing around.
Highly highly recommend
Amanda W. October 9, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Excellent instructor. Teaches what you need to know alon with what you want to learn to keep you motivated and interested.
Natalie J. July 24, 2016
In home Verified Student
Michael is the best!!! He is very professional and listened to my concerns on playing the guitar. I look forward to my next lesson.
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